Zero new builds since Septem­ber

Novem­ber 2008

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

A shock­ing zero num­ber of house builds have started in County Wick­low since Septem­ber.

As the Ir­ish econ­omy has en­tered its dark­est hole with 40,000 con­struc­tion jobs hang­ing in the bal­ance and hous­ing starts slump­ing to pre-1993 lev­els, Wick­low finds it­self at the end of the bar­rel. Through­out the coun­try 12 coun­ties started less then 10 houses while Wick­low, Long­ford, Roscom­mon and Ca­van started build­ing no houses what­so­ever.

The num­ber of house starts for the first nine months of this year are down 56.2 per cent com­pared to the same time last year.

In the 12 months from the end of Septem­ber 2006 to the end of Septem­ber 2007, 968 house starts be­gan in Wick­low. From the end of Septem­ber 2007 to the end of the same month 2008 there was a dra­matic de­crease with just 424 house starts.

This was a huge deficit of 544 which will have a knock on ef­fect not only on em­ploy­ment but also on the hous­ing list sit­u­a­tion.

At last week’s County Coun­cil meet­ing, all coun­cil­lors raised con­cern over the build­ing sec­tor and the lack of houses been built in the county and the knock on ef­fect this will have for the peo­ple.

‘We are go­ing back to the bad old days of huge hous­ing lists with no houses for the peo­ple of Wick­low.

‘If there are no houses com­ing on stream in the com­ing years the county will be in a real cri­sis,’ said Cllr James O’Shaugh­nessy.

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